Liveblog: Game 20: Bite me, Mr. Mayor! Desharnais the hero as Canadiens win Shootout


DD lives!

David Desharnais – who was in the pressbox for the Canadiens' first two Shootouts this season – beat Curtis McElhinney to secure a 3-2 win for the Canadiens in Columbus.

The home team led 2-0  on goals by Canadiens nemesis R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov when, with eight seconds left in the first period, Alex Galchenyuk stole the puck from Fedor Tyutin and raced in to beat McElhinney.

Lars Eller then tied the game at 2-2 on a power-play goal in the second period.

A scoreless third period and overtime set the table for heroics by Desharnais and Petr Budaj, who stopped all three Blue Jackets in the Shootout.

Scoreless OT

Columbus had the better chances, but Peter Budaj was hot.

So, another shootout

Letestu: Save

Galchenyuk: Save ... weird one

Anisimov: Glove save

Desharnais: GOAL!!!

Johansen: SAVE!!



Scoreless third

Neither team had golden chances.

The Canadiens outshot Columbus 11-5.

On the game, the Canadiens had a season-high 40 shots to 21 for the home team

Power play strikes again

Lars Eller scored his seventh of the season during a Canadiens power play.

The shots, at one point, were 12-1 and ended 15-6 in favour of the Canadiens.

Michel Therrien juggled his third and fourth lines, with David Desharnais moving up to centre Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty while Daniel Brière dropped down to join Ryan White and Travis Moen.

Fresh off a shoulder injury that sidelined him 11 games, Brandon Prust fought Jared Boll.

Two bizarros, then a beauty

Columbus took the lead on two weird goals in less than two minutes.

A shot by R.J.F. Umberger, from a bad angle, seemed to change direction off Josh Gorges' skate before finding its way between Peter Budaj's legs.

They had barely announced that one when a sustained bout of Blue Jacket pressure led to Douglas murray sending Nikita Nikitin crashing into and upending Budaj. While this was going on, Artem Anisimov's point shot hit Daniel Brière's stick, bouned up in the air and sailed in over a prosptrate Budaj.

With the seconds of the period ticking down, Alex Galchenyuk stripped the puck from a sleepy Fyodor Tutin and skated in to beat Curtis McElhinney.

The Canadiens has a 14-10 shot advantage.

Friday Night in Columbus

Sounds like the title of a buddy movie, starring Jason Segel and Seth Rogen as two schmoes looking for a good time in Middle America.

Columbus would be jumping if Ohio State were playing a home game on Saturday, but the Buckeyes travel to the University of Illinois this week.

So the only game in town is hockey, with your Montreal Canadiens seeking their second win of what's been a tough month: 1-4-2.


The Canadiens have been idle since losing to Tampa Bay in a Shootout Tuesday night.

The Blue Jackets were 3-2 losers in Boston on Friday.

Peter Budaj in nets. Brendan Gallagher out with the flu. Brandon Prust is back, as is David Desharnais.

Taxi!, starring Alex Galchenyuk



  1. Habs1962 says:

    5 of 6 points last 3 games. getting more goals from fowards. need Patch and Borque to get some points against Rangers… great shot from DD on SO ! Budaj is a great little goalie ! Perfect Backup for Price.

  2. StevieM61 says:


    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  3. StevieM61 says:

    And rules more

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  4. JohninTruro says:

    Reway scores, Bozon with 2!!, McCarron shutout again, Fucale wins giving up 3 goals, Bulldogs lose, and Thrower with an assist so far.

  5. StevieM61 says:

    GSP rules

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  6. JM says:

    4-Games decided in (SO) tonight. SAD.

  7. Storman says:

    I wonder how Ralph Krueger is feeling these days watching the Dallas Eakins Titanic show in Edmonton..

    Well look at the bright side Dallas, you will be spending a little more time with your wife Ingrid Kavelaars, very soon, and getting paid for it..

  8. 2mins4lookinsooogood says:

    Back from the game, section 103 with more hab fans than Ottawa, if you can imagine.

    Quick impressions from watching live up close for the first time in a few years:

    Anybody who keeps calling for the Habs to sit/trade/demote/push Diaz off a Baffin island ice floe has their head so far up their posterior they somehow managed to fit their shoulders in as well.

    Prust is far faster and more skilled than even hab fans realize

    Cheerleaders in Hockey – Bad
    Ice Girls cleaning the ice during TV time outs – not Bad

    “Don’t crush that dwarf Alex Henry, hand me the pliers”

  9. slyCH says:

    Just got in, so, how many have said we would have lost the shoot out had Price been in net. I’m sur they’re out there…DUDE?

  10. H.R. PuffNStuff says:

    Easy there so he scored a SO goal, he is still a bum.

  11. habs-hampton says:

    …and another period goes by in Edmonton without the home team scoring.

  12. kalevine says:

    hmm, I notice CO has lost 2 in a row. Discuss.

  13. JM says:

    One way to describe this game. 2-Lucky points. Anytime you win a game by shootout all luck. Don’t like it never will like it. How do you think the Columbus Goalie feels after making 40 saves and lose because of a lucky shot in a shootout. it’s a joke. if it was the other way around you’d be saying the same as I am saying here!! if a game can’t be resolved in overtime that’s the way the score should remain. Two Teams played their hearts out and deserve a point each.

  14. BrianSkrudland says:

    Just returned to Brockville with my son after watching Kingston take on London.

    I found McCarron to be quite a disappointment. To say he is a project for the Habs would be an understatement, in my opinion. His teammate, Domi, however, has NHL vision and hands.

    Daily recommendations for November 15
    Song of the Day: American Woman (BTO)
    Movie of the Day: The Truman Shoe

  15. Chrisadiens says:

    Its hard not to feel great for DD. All the crap that guy has been through, most of it deserved, he must feel like a million bucks right now. Or is it 3.5 million bucks? 😉

    Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  16. Ozmodiar says:


    (slightly late PVR viewing)

  17. mount royal says:

    Gutsy, but also brilliant coaching by MT to put in DD for the shootout. That was no coincidence; it was true intuition. DD was ready.

  18. rljmartin says:

    Lot’s of negative comments about Murray but he is good on the boards, wins puck battles and not too many opposition players venture into the crease or in front of the net when he is out there.
    Players stop to avoid him…

  19. Ian Cobb says:

    Weard ice out there tonight! It was a give the puck away game for both teams all night. Great goal tending, nice to see DD contribute.

    Good night!

  20. rljmartin says:

    Sidenberg gave a serious elbow right into Ryan’s face. Five minutes left, no penalty, Ryan went straight to dressing room.

  21. StevieM61 says:

    Sorry … dont follow stats… Is this the first shootout win of the year for the Habs?

    Bullet holes in my mirrors . . . .

  22. rljmartin says:

    Fortunately it does not matter how you win.

    Not many Habs stood out.

  23. Storman says:

    Danny Briere not gaining the trust of the coach except for PP duty, only 12 minutes of TOI, less than 10min of 5 on 5

  24. habs001 says:

    While a lot of posters are rooting for DD to fail…if he was able to produce like 2 years ago that would open up the 5 on 5 scoring for the Habs…

  25. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Next target for the mayor should be Rene Bourque…

  26. habs001 says:

    Pk had a very good game…I wish he was a bit more assertive when he has a scoring chance..he seems to hesitate and over think the play..

  27. Storman says:

    Sven Andrighetto very unhappy to hear about DD’s shootout winner, he will have to ride the bus for another week..

  28. Danno says:

    Leafs lose to Sabres. Bruins about to lose to Sens.

    Habs win a big two points.

    The universe is unfolding as it should…


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  29. Storman says:

    I think the Ice in Columbus had the Flu tonight, I thought the Panthers had the worst ice, tonight’s ice was pathetic, and dangerous..

  30. Willy the bum says:

    No way DD will be back in the press box tomorrow night. If Gallagher is back from the flu, it could be Ryan White’s turn.

    As for Emelin, it may be Murray as the odd defenseman out.

    • Bob_Sacamano says:

      I´d keep White in. Murray could be the odd defenseman out? Of course he will be because he´s crap. Even Therrien knows that by now. -5 in 9 games playing under 13 minutes. Nice size and good hits but apart from that, he´s an ECHL player.

  31. RAM_TOUGH says:

    Speaking of “screw” do U got may loose!


  32. Danno says:

    The AC boys are on laughing gas tonight


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  33. Storman says:

    Team should thank Galchenyuk for turning this game around, his goal was hugeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  34. third generation haber says:

    You’re so right about DD!!!

    In the shoot-out, when no one is checking him, DD is amazing!!! Too bad he is Ph$%@ing useless when opposition skaters are on the ice. Maybe we should keep him on the bench every game in case we go to a shoot-out.

    j.p. murray

  35. CHicoHab says:

    And now it’s on to Saturday night with Vigneault and the Strangers.

  36. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Nice win! Even better: This could have been Murray´s last game.

  37. Rob Maguire says:

    Nice work, DD.

  38. Storman says:

    DD is damn good when no one is defending him

  39. habs-hampton says:

    Back in the 40’s, didn’t the Chicago Cubs bring in a “little person” with a strike zone 3 inches high, just to get a man on base? Well, we’ve got DD!!! He’s our answer to the gimmick!

  40. Storman says:

    Gin makes you angry

  41. Willy the bum says:

    Here’s a great idea for the GM summit: take out the shootouts and replace with 10-minute overtimes only.

    First team scores they get 2 while the loser gets 1. Nobody scores, then both teams gets 0 points – that way they just waste the 3 points.

  42. The Jackal says:

    Yeah! DD!

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  43. CHicoHab says:

    Going to take more than a shoot out goal to justify DD’s play. Maybe this gets him going.

  44. Reflektor says:

    Boone dropped the mic at 9:43

  45. habs-hampton says:

    Nice win but what a crappy game. The ice was terrible. So many guys falling down with no one around.

    Good thing it went to a shootout, cause I don’t think we coulda found 3 stars otherwise.

  46. Storman says:

    I thought Gionata played a ?????? I thought Gionta played

  47. Et le but says:

    Bonus…Boston has given up 3 third period goals and now trail Ottawa 4-2 with 9 minutes left

  48. VancouverHab says:

    Desharnais played better than Briere did….

  49. Willy the bum says:

    Therrien is part of the Make A Wish Foundation and gave DD a chance to win this game.

  50. habs001 says:

    good solid effort..Markov needs his skates sharpened..Plecks needs to compete way more along with Maxpac…Budaj can become Prices coach for breakaways…

  51. The Dude says:

    Good on DD, Budaj and the Habs…2pts tabawit!

  52. Thomas Le Fan says:

    The stupidest thing about the gimmick is that DD doesn’t even get credit for a goal.

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

  53. jols101 says:

    Still hate the shootout but it is so nice to be on the winning end for a change.

  54. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Timo must be pissing in His Depends right about now 🙂

  55. kalevine says:

    DD by far best Hab in shootouts, Budaj by far the better Habs goalie in shootouts

  56. Mattyleg says:

    Shootouts are stupid.
    But good on DD.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  57. Harditya says:

    I am part of the ripping crew on Davey, but how awesome was that smile after he scored. I wish he scores many, many more with the Habs.

  58. Ron says:

    DD for Mayor of Montreal….

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